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Injustice Casts Shadow on History of State Executions

Star Tribune, December 2003

2 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2011  

John D. Bessler

University of Baltimore - School of Law; Georgetown University Law Center

Date Written: December 7, 2003


This article, published in the StarTribune of Minneapolis, discusses the history of lynchings and executions in the State of Minnesota. It specifically discusses miscarriages of justice that have taken place in Minnesota, along with highlighting other problems associated with capital punishment.

Keywords: Minnesota, history, death penalty, capital punishment, executions, arbitrariness, racial discrimination, injustice, Native Americans, Dakota Indians, Ann Bilansky, Isaac McGhie, Elmer Jackson, Elias Clayton, Chaska, William Williams

JEL Classification: K14, K19, K39, K49

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Bessler, John D., Injustice Casts Shadow on History of State Executions (December 7, 2003). Star Tribune, December 2003. Available at SSRN:

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